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April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Faith, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Women | 17 Comments »

Coffee Talk: Weekend Poll

March 9, 2013
Coffee Talk:  Weekend Poll

For some people, coffee is a religion.  For others it’s a right.  Most Mormons have heard this joke:  A priest and a Mormon bishop were sitting next to each other on a plane.  The priest asked the Mormon bishop if he had ever in a moment of weakness tasted coffee.  The Mormon bishop confessed that […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

Gay Boy Scouts?

February 11, 2013
Gay Boy Scouts?

A 2000 Supreme Court decision rules that because the Boy Scouts of America is a private organization, they are within their rights to exclude gays, atheists, and agnostics from its membership ranks.  So why did the Boy Scouts of America reverse course and announce that local units now have the ability to choose whether to allow […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 148 Comments »

Mormons Have Sub-par Easter Services

April 8, 2012
Mormons Have Sub-par Easter Services

There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday.  I won’t say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results.  As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that “Mormons have sub-par Easter services”.  Why is that? Last Sunday […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Peer Review & Skinny Jeans

December 13, 2011
Peer Review & Skinny Jeans

Ah, the BYU Testing Center.  Like Milgram’s famed experiment, the Testing Center is a perfect microcosm illustrating just how quickly people can convince themselves that the pain they inflict on their fellow students is well deserved. This is what happens when unrighteous dominion is given free rein and an orange vest. As Jim on The […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Science and Religion | 69 Comments »

What’s Good and Unique

November 15, 2011
What’s Good and Unique

A criticism I’ve heard about Mormonism on the internet is:  “What’s unique about it isn’t good, and what’s good about it isn’t unique.”  While it’s true that Mormon culture has some flaws, and that other religions share some of its good points, I can’t agree with this observation.  Still, I think something about this phrase […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

What’s So Maybe About Mitt?

November 1, 2011
What’s So Maybe About Mitt?

Wow, people really do not love Mitt.  A recent Onion article satirized his failure to connect with voters (and staffers!) emotionally.  He can’t even get a break on Google! (Type in “Romney can win” and it will ask if you meant to type “Romney can’t win”).  Is it his Mormonism?  His politics?  His polished good […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Politics | 117 Comments »

Faith vs. Self-Reliance

October 11, 2011
Faith vs. Self-Reliance

How can one live by faith and also by self-reliance? Does one necessarily drive the other one out? Are people who are self-reliant lacking in faith? Are people who rely on faith sometimes lacking in self-reliance? Are there pitfalls to avoid in balancing faith and self-reliance?

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Posted in Faith, Freedom, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

What about … Suicide

September 30, 2011
What about … Suicide

/Sigh.  I’ll be missing the Priesthood Session.  I’ll be at a funeral for a friend who committed suicide.  That makes two ex-co-workers and a friend this year who committed suicide.

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Posted in Faith | 13 Comments »

Refusing Callings

September 6, 2011
Refusing Callings

When is it proper to refuse a church calling?  In a strictly voluntary church (well, nearly so – wink, wink), is it ever proper to decline to accept a calling?  What does it mean to magnify your calling?  Are there other things that prevent people from fulfilling their callings (aside from being a slacker)? In […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

Bloom calls Smith “most eminent intellectual in Mormon history”

September 5, 2011
Bloom calls Smith “most eminent intellectual in Mormon history”

In 1969 Leonard Arrington asked 50 prominent Mormons to identify the “five most eminent intellectuals in Mormon history.” The list was published in Dialogue.  Twenty-four years later, Dialogue decided to run the survey again.  It was re-published a few month ago in the Deseret News, and it has been a favorite bloggernacle topic for the past few […]

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Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 2) . . . Political Oppression

June 21, 2011
Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 2) . . . Political Oppression

Liberte, egalite, fraternite, right?  Last week I examined what other patriarchal societies are up to.  This week, let’s talk about what some contemporary patriarchal societies are doing politically – especially in light of the Arab Spring. Is patriarchy really a term we want to be touting?  Do we qualify as patriarchal when compared to such […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 78 Comments »

Looking at Strang’s Letter of Appointment

February 7, 2011
Looking at Strang’s Letter of Appointment

Just 9 days prior to his death, Joseph Smith sent a letter to James Strang.  Strang and his followers refer to this letter as the “Letter of Appointment”, believing that Joseph anointed Strang as a successor.  I have always wanted to read the actual letter, and I received an email from Tim Hansen, a high priest in the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

What’s Up with Non-Biblical Angels?

January 3, 2011
What’s Up with Non-Biblical Angels?

A few months ago, I attended several family reunions.  At the time, I was reading John Hamer’s book, Scattering of the Saints.  I was absolutely fascinated with all the accounts of Mormon schismatic groups.  I was especially interested in Strangism and the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message.  As I told the story of their […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

The CHI Says What?

December 7, 2010
The CHI Says What?

Today we have a joint post between jmb275 and Hawkgrrrl. Now that the CHI (Church Handbook of Instruction v. 2) is published on lds.org, those members who have not previously read a copy of it may be surprised at a few of the instructions.  jmb275:  Previously, with only a select few having access to the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 90 Comments »

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